Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
If you are like me you enjoy a good meal, especially with friends and family. Apparently Jesus did also, since dinners and breakfasts run like a thread through the gospels. Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding feast. He and his disciples often accepted dinner invitations, even from Pharisees. In this week’s gospel, Jesus feeds the 5,000. After his resurrection, he cooked breakfast on the beach for his confused companions. No surprise that he chose the last supper with his disciples to give them-and us-the great gift of Eucharist, his Body and Blood under appearances of bread and wine, as a remembrance of him as long as time endures.
The sacramental life of the Church rests on gifts of Creation: water, wheat (bread), grape (wine), and olive (oil). These physical elements become sacred signs in five of the seven Sacraments. In our world today, if ecological devastation continues, what impact will there be on the Church’s sacramental life if potable water is polluted, scarce, and a source of conflict? if soil is eroded and land controlled by corporate power? if grapevines and olive trees are stunted? In “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis calls for an ecological consciousness and an ecological spirituality that will transform human attitudes toward our “common home” and lead us in a different direction.
As we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, may we be aware of its relevance not only for our spiritual and liturgical lives, but also of its connection with ecological consciousness.
Sr. Marie Lucey
FAN Director of Advocacy and Member Relations